Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
University of Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job no:507393
Area:Qld Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($67,542.89 - $90,982.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

QAAFI is a unique research institute in Australia as it is a jointly funded initiative of UQ and Agri-Science Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland, part of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). QAAFI conducts research and development to benefit the food and fibre sector both nationally and internationally.


The Institute’s strengths are reflected in its four research centres – the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences. QAAFI brings together scientists from UQ and DAF to conduct high-end science that delivers higher impact outcomes for industry and the community.


Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at


The role

In this role, you will have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the Indian dairy industry - the largest dairy industry in the world.  As many dairy producers in India are smallholder farmers, this is also the chance to contribute to a reduction in poverty in Indian rural communities.


Together with our Indian partners, in the role you will apply genomic technologies in dairy cattle and buffalo improvement, with improvements in milk production, fertility and other key drivers of productivity anticipated.  You will develop efficient pipelines to assemble, analyse and deliver results from large genomic and phenotypic data sets.  Whole genome sequence data will be used to improve accuracy of predictions from the genomic information.   


The person

To be successful in this appointment, you will hold a PhD in an area related to genetics or genomics, in animal breeding, statistics, plant breeding, human genetics or computer science. This will be partnered with a demonstrated expert knowledge in development of pipelines for analysis of large SNP array genomic data sets, as well as the demonstrated ability to analyse whole genome sequence data.


Additionally, you will be able to demonstrate: a collaborative work approach; strong interpersonal skills; high level communication skills in a variety of styles; and the ability to positively promote genetic improvement at both the university and broader industry level. 


Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic level A. he remuneration package will be in the range $67,542.89 to $90,982.26 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $79,025.18 to $106,449.24 p.a.)


Employees can take advantage of UQ’s Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, and many other benefits.


This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.


Here at UQ we value diversity and inclusion, and we actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information and points of contact if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to



To discuss this role please contact Ben Hayes via 

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply a resume and cover letter addressing key selection criteria. 

For information on completing the application process click here.

Advertised: 10 Apr 2019

Applications close: 08 May 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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